Good Folks, it is Friday, August 21, 2015. I came across this next section in an email I recently received, however I have edited this from a personal perspective.
“Best day of my life? … when Edna R. Garcia promised a life-time partnership to me. That partnership has evolved as she and I have both changed over these 31 years.
W. Somerset Maugham says, “It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”
I say, it is more than a happy chance.
- It is resolute commitment.
- It is soul-level friendship.
- It is allowing room to grow.
- It is remaining one another’s lover.
- It is a gift of astonishing grace.
- It is faith in something bigger than the two of you.
And, to be honest, it is also, indeed a happy chance.
One of the many joys of being a pastor of a church is when theopportunity arises to officiate at a wedding. I cannot remember the exact vows that Bishop Ernest Dixon said when he officiated at Edna and my wedding at El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, on Saturday, August 25, 1984, at5:12p.m. This is what I do remember: family pictures, the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, my father as best man, my brother Richard at the organ, and my cousin Janette singing a solo. For the most part, the ceremony was a blur. However, it was a defining moment, and rightly so. It was the beginning of a life-long journey, together.
Marriage vows can be created by the couple or the couple can say the ones that have become timeless: “…for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part.” Marriage is a relationship and a special one, and what got my attention with the quote from Maugham, is the word changing.
You have heard me say, what is constant is change. It happens in the church. It happens in communities. It happens in our personal life. Change. How we adapt to the inevitable is paramount, and the great hope for humanity is the unchanging love of God through Christ.
I love my wife and her name is Edna. She deserves all the medals bestowed on our marriage. I thank God for her and the children we have been blessed with.
See you Sunday in church.
Gospel of John, Chapter two, Wedding at Cana: continue the celebration.